Goa’s young filmmaker Barkha Naik wins Best Short Fiction Film at MIFF for “Salt”


Barkha Naik, Goa’s young filmmaker, won the prestigious national award – Silver Conch – the Best Short Fiction Film award for her Konkani short film “Salt”, at the 18th Mumbai International Film Festival.

She received the award this evening at the award ceremony of the seven-day prestigious international film festival organised by the Government of India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in Mumbai.

Kiran Shantarm, an Indian veteran filmmaker, presented the award. Barkha and Heramb Kirtyany, a young producer from Goa, received the award at a spectacular award ceremony.

The same film was among Netflix’s Top Ten at a nationwide competition last year, in which 1500 young filmmakers had participated.

Barkha, daughter of Prashant Naik and Ratnamala Diukar, graduated from the Prague Film and Television Institute in Czechoslovakia. Earlier, she interned with India’s ace documentary maker, Anand Patwardhan, and worked as Vishwal Bhardwaj’s Director’s Assistant. 

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